Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox won't be a free agent until 2017, but he has no desire to leave the only team he's ever played for.
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Eagles, Cox Nearing Agreement
Friday, Jan. 29
Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reported Cox and the Eagles are close to agreeing on a new contract.
Cox Wants to Be In Philadelphia
Thursday, Jan. 28
The Pro Bowl defensive lineman said on Thursday that he wants to remain with the Eagles "for the long haul."
Cox Provides Eagles Defensive With Star-Caliber Talent on Defensive Front
Cox was named to his first Pro Bowl after having the best season of his four-year career in 2015, recording a career-high 9.5 sacks and 50 tackles while being named a second-team All-Pro selection for the second consecutive season.
Howard Eskin of Fox 29 in Philadelphia reported on Jan. 3 that the Eagles were in preliminary talks with Cox on a long-term deal. Since then, no new update has been provided.
If Cox goes through all of next season without a new contract, he would be one of many superstar defensive linemen looking to sign a large contract in 2017. Joining the likes of Cox as potential free agents would be Dontari Poe, Sheldon Richardson and Cameron Wake.
The Eagles hired Jim Schwartz to be their new defensive coordinator on Jan. 19, which could also play a part in Cox's play next year.
When Schwartz was the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2014, the Bills led the league in sacks. Schwartz also had Ndamukong Suh as his star defensive tackle when he was the head coach for the Detroit Lions for five seasons. Once Suh hit free agency, he became $114 million richer with the Miami Dolphins.
Cox has shown he can be a dominant force in the middle for the Eagles, and now with Schwartz coaching the defense, Cox could command a contract even greater than Suh's if he hits the open market in 2017.